The Enterprise, White Salmon, WA., June 18, 1953, page 3
ALBERT BERTSCHI PIONEER, DIES
GLENWOOD, June 16, (Special) -- Our community was saddened again by the passing of one of our Pioneers, Albert Bertschi. He had lived a long time in Glenwood, but was living in Appleton the last few years. The family has the sympathy of the entire community. He will be buried at the Glenwood Cemetery on Wednesday of this week.
The Mt. Adams Sun, Bingen, WA., June 18, 1953, page 10
PANAKANIC'S FIRST WHITE CHILD DIES
Another unwritten chapter of Klickitat County's early
history closed last Friday, June 12, when death came to Robert Panakanic
Bertschi. Now the story of the first white child born at Panakanic will never
be fully told.
In the wilderness home of his parents, Albert and Della Cole Bertschi, Albert was born on January 4, 1885. When he was ten his family moved to the place now known as Snake Island in Camas Prairie, and in 1908 they moved again, to a farm home one mile south of Glenwood.
But the young mountaineer yearned for the sea, and on April 11, 1908 he shipped out of Portland on the American bark Acme bound for New York via Cape Horn.
When he left the sea he returned to the hills and valleys of home. For a while he worked for the Forest Service. The rest of his life was devoted to farming.
Services were held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, in the Glenwood church. Gardner's Funeral Service were in charge. Glenwood lay minister, S.S. Surface, officiated. Interment was in the Mt. Adams Cemetery.
He is survived by three daughters; Marcellaine Lyle of Glenwood, Marguerite Goodwin of Lebanon, Missouri and Shirley Arp of Ritzville; a brother Ike Bertschi of Lyle; and two sisters, Ava Gardner of Malad, Idaho, and Mrs. Fred Feller of Glenwood; three grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.
Pall bearers were Maurice Hathaway, Osmar Kuhnhausen, O.P. Kreps, Jr., Robert Parrott, Frank Lyle and the Vic LeGal.
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